Finland to Putin: Sorry We Put You on Criminal Blacklist
It was a mistake, says a police spokesman
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes in the headwaters of the Yenisey River in 2007, sans shirt, of course.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – It's not your usual diplomatic nicety: Finland had to apologize to Vladimir Putin today after a Finnish TV station reported that the Russian president had turned up on the nation's secret criminal blacklist. Government officials say they're trying to figure out how Putin's name got there, though the TV station said it was because he had links to a Russian motorcycle gang called the Night Wolves, reports Radio Free Europe. Rest assured, Putin's name is now off the list and he can visit without fear of arrest at the border. Given his fond desire to be seen as a he-man, and a flying he-man at that, Putin probably didn't mind a bit.

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Apr 11, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
I say Finland is taking a dig at Putin by revealing this. Why even bring it up if Putin has never tried to visit Finland and was stopped at the boarder? Nobody would have even known if they quietly resolved this issue and kept their mouth shut. How many times when you find a mistake you made that is fully fixable and hasn't caused an issue yet, do you go and say to your boss, "hey thank God I fixed your passport because next time you tried to fly you would have received a free trip to Guantanamo."
Apr 11, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
It´s like trowing the rotten tomatoes and hidding the hand who did it ! Hhahahahaah I did not do it !!!!!
Apr 11, 2013 5:45 AM CDT
Putin member of bike gang of ex KGB?